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Internally Displaced in Georgian Region Report Stories of Intimidation – UNHCR

The UN’s refugee agency reports that many of the 2300 newly internally displaced people in the Georgian region have claimed that they have been subject to intimidation by militia entering their villages. Gail Walker reports The full briefing is below

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Twenty-Three Hundred Have Registered with the UN’s Refugee Agency as Internally Displaced in Georgia Region

Twenty-three hundred people have registered with the UN’s refugee agency as internally displaced in the Georgian region. UNHCR has provided IDPs with supplies including tents, mattresses and blankets. Gail Walker reports The full briefing is below

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World Meteorological Organization Warns about Destruction of Ozone

The World Meteorological Organization reports that the ozone is being destroyed in Antarctica. WMO says recurring ozone holes are expected to continue in the coming years. Gail Walker reports The full briefing is below

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UNICEF Concerned About Haitian Impacted by Hurricane Gustav

Sixty-three people have been forced from their homes as a result of Hurricane Gustav. UNICEF is concerned about the welfare of those affected and is working with the government to access the level of damage. Earlier the storm forced authorities to evacuate almost 6,000 from the Dominican Republic. Gail Walker reports The full briefing is [...]

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Floods Affect More Than a Million People in India and Nepal – UNICEF

The flooding in India and Nepal has impacted more than a million people. Fifty-five people are reported dead and UNICEF Spokesperson Miranda Eeles says that number is expected to rise. Gail Walker reports The full briefing is below

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UN’s Human Rights Office Condemns Use of Force in South Darfur

The use of force against civilians in the internally displaced persons camps in South Darfur has been roundly condemned by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. Gail Walker reports The full briefing is below

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Diplomatic Opportunities Lost on Georgia in Security Council – South Africa

South Africa’s UN Ambassador Dumisani Kumalo says his nation is disappointed that the Security Council was unable to endorse the six point peace plan for Georgia brokered by French President Sarkozy and approved by all sides before Russia recognized South Ossetia and Abkhazia and independent states. He says that made diplomacy much more difficult now. [...]

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South Ossetia and Abkhazia Want to Address Security Council – Russia Supports. . . U.S. Opposes Appearance

Leaders from South Ossetia and Abkhazia have asked for visas to come to the U.S. to address the UN Security Council on the crisis in the region. Russia is backing the move, asking how can the Council be fair without hearing all sides of the story? U.S. Deputy Permanent Representative Alejandro Wolff says those two [...]

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Daily Noon Briefing by the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General

Full noon briefing by Deputy Spokesperson Marie Okabe.

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The UN World Tourism Organization says prospects for international tourism remain positive

Caribbean News Round-Up: a weekly 15-minute news magazine on developments at the United Nations concerning the Caribbean. Caribbean States welcome the opportunity to inform journalists on the importance of tourism to regional economies; St. Lucia's Tourism minister says the region has to make tourism work as it is the major contributor to economic development; Puerto [...]

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Links between Gender Violence and HIV/AIDS

Women: a weekly 14-minute news magazine that looks at issues affecting women around the world. At the international conference on AIDS in Mexico City in early August, participants discussed the connection between violence against women and women's vulnerability to contracting the AIDS virus. The connection is evident not only in sexual violence, but extends to [...]

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UN officials express concern after military air strikes kill 90 people in Afghanistan

UN Calling Asia – a weekly 14-minute magazine programme, in English, that keeps you in touch with UN developments covering Asia and the Pacific. The UN peacekeeping mission in Afghanistan is working to assist survivors of a recent deadly air strike by national and foreign forces. Sixty children were killed in the incident, which took [...]

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Over 2,000 people flee homes in buffer zone in Georgia

The United Nation refugee agency (UNHCR) says that more than 2,000 people have registered as internally displaced people in the Georgian town of Gori.

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Nutrition and exercise may be key to fighting cancer

At the World Cancer Congress, it was pointed out that cancer respects no borders and affects us all. Terry Slevin, Director of Education and Research at the Cancer Council in Western Australia, talked to Gerry Adams about the relationship between cancer and nutrition. (duration: 3’46″)

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Floods affect thousands in India and Pakistan

United Nations relief agencies are preparing relief assistance to India and Pakistan to help them cope with floods that have caused destruction over the past few days. ~

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Adoption study calls for protection of children in Nepal

A new study on adoption in Nepal has called on the authorities to suspend inter-country adoption until there are safeguards to protect children.~~The report, released in Kathmandu today, is a result of a six-month research by the United Nations Children's Fund and an organization known as Terre des Hommes.~

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UN group concerned over growing disappearances worldwide

A UN expert group is voicing its concern over the growing number of cases of enforced disappearances around the world.

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Independent tests confirm no radioactive leaks at IAEA facility

Independent tests have confirmed that no radioactive material was released following an incident earlier this month at a facility in Austria run by the UN nuclear energy watchdog, the IAEA.

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Russia's recognition of breakaway Georgian regions discussed

The UN Security Council met for the sixth time on Thursday to discuss the situation in Georgia since hostilities broke out there earlier this month. The occasion this time was the move by Russia to recognize the independence of the Georgian regions of South Ossetia and Abkhazia. Georgia's UN Ambassador Irakli Alasania requested the public [...]

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Secretary-General welcomes lifting of aid agency restrictions in Zimbabwe

~United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the government of Zimbabwe's lifting of the restrictions it imposed on relief organizations ahead of the controversial presidential run-off elections in June.

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UN envoy condemns fighting in DR-Congo

The head of the United Nations Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo has condemned the recent fighting between the Congolese army and rebels from the National Congress for People's Defense.

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Russian Recognition of Georgia Provinces – A Crime or A Responsibility – Ambassadors Disagree

At a special meeting of the Security Council called at the request of Georgia, that country’s UN Ambassador Irakli Alasania accused Russia of violating international law and the UN Charter by recognizing the independence of South Ossetia and Abkhazia. Russia’s UN Ambassador Vitaly Churkin says Russia had no choice but to recognize the provinces’ independence [...]

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Russia Recognition of South Ossetia and Abkhazia Condemned by the US as Attempt to Redraw Neighbor’s Borders

The United States has condemned Russia’s recognition of South Ossetia and Abkhazia. Deputy US UN Ambassador Alejandro Wolf says the move as an attempt by Russia to redraw the borders of its neighbors. Meanwhile, Russia’s UN Ambassador Vitaly Churkin says Georgia’s President Mikheil Saakashvili is the one who closed the door on the question of [...]

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Situation in the Georgian-Abkhaz Conflict Zone Remain Tense – DPKO Director

The Director of the Asia and Middle East Division of the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations says the situation between Georgia and Abkhazia remains tense. The Director says the UN Observer Mission in Georgia (UNOMIG) has witnessed movement by Russia to the Abkhaz-controlled side of the border but has been unable to verify claims by [...]

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Over Forty Year Life Discrepancy Between Some Nations – W.H.O. Study

A three year study on the social determinants of health commissioned by the UN’s World Health Organization shows that how long you live can very well depend on where you live. The study shows a dramatic disparity in health care availability based on public policies, funding and focus. The study calls on all nations to [...]

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W.H.O. – Study Leader Calls for Universal Health Care

A three year World Health Organization commissioned study on the social determinants of health care shows that your life expectancy and health care services are often determined by how much money you have and where you live. Study leader, Professor Michael Marmot says universal health coverage should be available to all, and he knows many [...]

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Secretary-General Highlights Progress in Human Rights Work

Fifteen years after world leaders gathered to strengthen human rights work around the world, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says there’s been marked progress. Gail Walker reports The full speech is below

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UN Human Rights Chief Product of World Conference on Human Rights

Speaking on the fifteen anniversary of the World Conference on Human Rights, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon pointed to the creation of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights as one of the conference’s major accomplishments. Gail Walker reports The full speech is below

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Child Exploitation in South Asia Takes Many Forms – UNICEF

Sarah Crowe, South Asia’s regional Communications Chief says in South Asia children are exploited in many different ways. From sexual exploitation to labor exploitation to being used as child soldiers or to pay off debts – children in the region face a number of potential dangers. Gail Walker reports The full interview is below

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UNICEF Reports South Asia Region Behind in Protecting Children from Human Trafficking

There are only two South Asian countries that have signed the protocol that provides a framework for defining and fighting human trafficking. And UNICEF’s South Asian regional communications officer says no regional government has ratified the protocol. Gail Walker reports The full interview is below

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Daily Noon Briefing by the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General

Daily noon briefing by Marie Okabe, Deputy Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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FAO concludes food security project in Madagascar

A month-long project by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) to help Madagascar ensure that it has enough food is coming to an end.

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WHO report finds national wealth does not guarantee access to health care

A new study commissioned by the World Health Organization (WHO) finds that although economic growth is rising in many countries, this alone does not lead to equitable access to health care.

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UN Human Rights officer criticizes Afghanistan for freeing two rapists

A UN Human Rights official has criticized Afghan authorities for the early release from prison of two men convicted of gang rape.~~

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UNAMID continues to face challenges in Darfur

UN and Africa – a weekly 15-minute radio programme on political, social, economic and other developments related to Africa. In this edition: •The joint UN-African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) is carrying out its responsibilities in the troubled region of Sudan under challenging conditions. UNAMID Force Commander, General Martin Luther Agwai says that one of [...]

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BANGLA # 34: Jati Shongher Protidhoni

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HINDI #36: Antar Rashtriya Patrika

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URDU #35: Bain Ul Aqwami Manzarnama

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Joint Chief Mediator for Darfur takes up his new post

The Joint Chief Mediator for Darfur, Djibril Bassole(photo), arrived in El-Fasher the capital of North Darfur today to take up his new post.~~

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UNHCR urges Malta to provide medical care to survivors of capsized boat

The United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) has called on authorities in Malta to provide medical care to eight African migrants who have survived a boat accident on its waters.

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WHO calls for social equity for better health

Poor social and economic conditions are directly related to ill health, according to a new report commissioned by the World Health Organization. This is true not only of the poorest people, but of middle-income people, as well. Their health and life expectancy is generally worse than that of the wealthy. Producer: Bissera Kostova (duration: 4’05″)

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Organized crime and peacekeeping operations

The world's top policing experts addressed the threat from organized crime to United Nations peacekeeping operations at a meeting of the fourth International Policing Advisory Council in Sweden from the 27 to the 28th of this month. Andrew Hughes, Police Adviser in the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations, told UN Radio's Gerry Adams that the [...]

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UNHCR says "Winning is Giving Campaign" is a resounding success

The United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) says that its "Giving is Winning Campaign" has been a resounding success now that the Olympics are over.

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Secretary-General salutes 15th anniversary of Vienna Human Rights Conference

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called on all states and stakeholders to redouble their efforts to ensure that human rights are protected and promoted.

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ITU Asia Youth Forum participants get laptops

Participants in this year's gathering of young people in Asia to discuss information and telecommunication technologies will receive free laptops.

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Situation remains tense around Georgian-Abkhaz conflict zone

The situation in and around the Georgian-Abkhaz conflict zone has remained tense, according to a senior official in the United Nations department of Peacekeeping Operations.

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Fifty Percent Increase in Cancer Cases in Next Twenty Years – World Cancer Congress

The World Cancer Congress 2008 runs through Sunday in Geneva. The UN’S World Health Organization says close to 8 million people die from cancer each year and over 11 million contract the disease. Unless action is taken, those figures are expected to increase by 50% over the next twenty years. Isabel Mortara is the Executive [...]

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Secretary-General Supports Making Security Council More Efficient, Effective and Accountable

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says Security Council transparency is important for the overall work of the United Nations. The UN chief says he wants to work with the Council to help it become more efficient, effective and accountable. Gail Walker reports The full speech is below

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Non-Security Council Members Should Participate More in Council Meetings – Deputy US UN Ambassador

Deputy US UN Ambassador Alejandro Wolf says non-Security Council members can and should take greater advantage of opportunities to participate in Council meetings in an effort to help maintain international peace and security. Gail Walker reports The full speech is below

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Russia to Make Mutual Cooperation Pacts with South Ossetia and Abkhazia

Russia’s UN Ambassador Vitaly Churkin says Russia had no choice but to recognize the Georgian provinces of South Ossetia and Abkhazia as independent, and now will sign agreements of friendship, assistance and mutual cooperation with them. He blames the President of Georgia and his supporters for making this all necessary. Georgia’s UN Ambassador Irakli Alasania [...]

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UK Calls Russia’s Recognition of Independence of Provinces ‘Unjustifiable’. . . Russia Disagrees

United Kingdom UN Ambassador John Sawers calls Russia’s recognition of the independence of South Ossetia and Abkhazia from Georgia completely unjustifiable. He says Russia supported Georgia’s territorial integrity in past Security Council resolutions and now wants to reshape the country by force. Russia’s UN Ambassador Vitaly Churkin says those resolutions were no longer valid once [...]

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World Bank Reports that There are More People Living Below the Poverty Line

The World Bank has warned that world poverty is much greater than previously thought. It has revised its previous estimate and now says that 1.4 billion people (a quarter of the developing world) live in poverty, based on a new poverty line of $1.25 per day. This is substantially more than its earlier estimate of [...]

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Daily Noon Briefing by the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General

Full noon briefing by Spokesperson Michele Montas

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UN food agency feeds 50,000 flood victims in Nepal

Continuous rains in the eastern Terai districts of Nepal could increase the number of people displaced by floods and in need of food.

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Human rights chief calls for probe of Kashmir killings

The acting United Nations Human Rights chief has called for thorough and independent investigations into all killings that have occurred in Indian-administered Kashmir.

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Security Council extends mandate of UN Mission in Lebanon

The Security Council has extended the mandate of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) for one year.

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Security Council discusses its working methods

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today stressed the need for the Security Council to keep reviewing how it does things in order to face the challenge of maintaining international peace and security.

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World Bank says there are more poor people around the world

There are more poor people around the world than previously thought, according to economic estimates by the World Bank.

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World Cancer Congress says face of cancer is changing

Eight million people die from cancer every year, almost 75 percent of them in developing countries. And each year, another 11 million discover they've contracted the disease. These numbers are expected to double in the next 20 years. International experts are meeting from the 27th to the 31st of August in Geneva to discuss how [...]

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Fresh approach needed to end conflict in Somalia

The UN Security Council is considering deploying a stabilization force to Somalia, as called for in a peace agreement signed last week in Djibouti. The agreement between Somalia's Transitional Federal Government and an opposition group, the Alliance for the Re-liberation of Somalia aims to end all armed confrontation between them. The deal was brokered by [...]

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UNAMID Sends assessment team to Kalma

The United Nations-African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) today sent another assessment team to the Kalma camp for internally displaced people which was raided by Sudanese government forces on Monday.

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Israel and Lebanon accuse each other of violations

Israel and Lebanon today accused each other of violating a 2006 Security Council resolution which ended the conflict between Israel and Hezbollah.~~

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Police experts assess impact of organized crime on peacekeeping operations

A number of the world's top law enforcement experts have gathered in Stockholm, Sweden to discuss the threat of organized crime to United Nations peacekeeping operations.

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Joint Chief Mediator is on his way to Darfur

The newly appointed Chief Mediator for Darfur is on his way to start his new mission and familiarize himself with his responsibilities in the troubled region of Sudan.

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Unilever and WFP join forces to feed children in Pakistan

Unilever Company and the World Food Programme have joined forces to feed children in rural areas of Pakistan.

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Climate Change Talks in Accra end on positive note

Talks on climate change which ended in Accra, Ghana, today have been very encouraging.

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Russia’s Recognition of Independence for Georgia Provinces a Threat to World Order – Georgia’s UN Ambassador

Georgia’s UN Ambassador, Irakli Alasania says Russia’s recognition of independence for South Ossetia and Abkhazia would be a threat to world peace and security if it is allowed to stand. Two reports by Jerry Piasecki Report 1 – Rejects Russia’s recognition of independence Report 2 – Russian action is part of new expansionism by Moscow. [...]

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Kosovo’s Independence Set the Stage of South Ossetia and Abkhazia – Russian Ambassador

Russia’s UN Ambassador, Vitaly Churkin, says Kosovo’s declaration of independence from Serbia didn’t cause Russia to recognize the independence of South Ossetia and Abkhazia from Georgia, but it may have created the right atmosphere. In fact, the Russian Ambassador feels Abkhazia and South Ossetia have stronger cases for independence than Kosovo. Jerry Piasecki reports Full [...]

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Russia Targets Civilians and the Environment in Georgia – Georgian Ambassador

Georgia’s Ambassador to the UN’s Conference on Disarmament in Geneva, Giorgi Gorgiladze, says Russia intentionally targeted civilians with cluster bombs and rockets. He also says Moscow intentionally set fire to forests, destroying animal and plant-life. He calls the Russian military action in Georgia disgraceful and unlawful. Two reports by Jerry Piasecki Report 1 – Russia [...]

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NATO Backing Wrong Side in Georgia – Russian Ambassador – says Weapons Arriving as Humanitarian Aid

Russia’s Ambassador to the UN’s Disarmament Conference in Geneva, Valery Loshchinin says NATO is backing the aggressor in the Georgia conflict and should support Russia which, in his view, stopped Georgia from committing Genocide in South Ossetia. He also says Georgia is rearming, with some weapons coming in the country disguised as humanitarian aid. Two [...]

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Daily Noon Briefing by the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General

Full briefing by Janos Tisovsky, the Spokesperson for the General Assembly President followed by Secretary-General Spokesperson Michele Montas

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Human rights panel urges Liberia to re-consider death penalty

The United Nations Human Rights Committee has called on Liberia to revisit the Act allowing capital punishment in the country.

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People return home as situation improves in Georgia

The United Nations refugee agency says the number of refugees and displaced returning to their homes in the region affected by recent fighting in Georgia has increased following the withdrawal of Russian forces last Friday.

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Implementing 2006 Ceasefire Accord is crucial for peace in Burundi

Ambassador Ulla Strom of Sweden today stressed the importance of implementing a ceasefire agreement reached in 2006 by the government and the last active rebel movement in Burundi, known as Palipehutu-FNL.

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UN envoy is concerned about death of civilians in Afghanistan

The head of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) has expressed concern about the killing of dozens of civilians in a military operation in the Shindand district of Herat province.

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Opium production decreases in Afghanistan

The United Nations Office for Drugs and Crime says that opium cultivation in Afghanistan has decreased by almost 20 per cent compared to the record harvest of over 190,000 hectares in 2008.

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Georgia and Russia – accusations of war crimes

Georgia and Russia exchanged accusations in the UN Disarmament Conference in Geneva on Tuesday regarding the recent conflict in South Ossetia, which spread to other parts of Georgia. Georgia's representative said his country had been subject to a full-scale military aggression by the Russian Federation, violating its territorial integrity. Russia's representative countered that the Russian [...]

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UN environment agency on fossil fuel subsidies

The latest round of United Nations climate change talks is taking place in Accra, Ghana from the 21st to the 27th of August. In this, the third major UN Framework Convention on Climate Change gathering this year, participants are working on emission reduction rules under the Kyoto Protocol. In fact, the UN Environment Programme, UNEP, [...]

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Red Cross remains concern about displaced people in Pakistan

~The International Committee of the Red Cross has reiterated its concern about the people who have been displaced by fighting between Pakistani forces and the armed opposition on the border between Afghanistan and Pakistan.

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UN spokesperson says states decide on recognition of states

The spokesperson for the United Nations Secretary-General told reporters today that recognition of states is a matter for sovereign states to decide.

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Current Global Food Crisis Unprecedented – FAO Deputy Director General

The Deputy Director General of the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization, Jim Butler, says the world has faced food shortages because of natural disaster or conflict in the past, but never has there been a food crisis on a global scale as we are experiencing now. He says whether you’re in a developing country or [...]

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UN Food Organization and Atomic Agency Working on Global Food Crisis

The UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization and its International Atomic Energy Agency have a joint department to work on finding technology to address the on-going global food crisis. FAO Director General Jim Butler says they’re working on a number of things to improve crop yield and reduce losses from insects and climate change. Jerry Piasecki [...]

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Death and Injury After Sudanese Raid Displacement Camp in Darfur

While there is no official casualty count, reports from the ground say over 30 people may have been killed and over one hundred hurt when Sudanese government forces surrounded and then moved in on a camp housing some 80,000 internally displaced people in South Darfur. The joint African-UN Force in Darfur, known as UNAMID is [...]

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Daily Noon Briefing by the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General

Full briefing by Deputy Spokesperson Marie Okabe

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Meeting to help South Asia adapt agriculture to climate change

An International Workshop on Climate Change and Food Security in South Asia that opened in Dhaka on Monday is looking into the major impact that climate change will have on food security in the region.

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Africa regional meeting to assess progress against racism

Human rights experts came together n Abuja, Nigeria on Sunday for a 3-day regional conference in preparation for next year's review of the World Conference against Racism.

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Guinea-Bissau meeting to consolidate UN peacekeeping in West Africa

A high-level meeting of UN envoys and heads of peacekeeping missions in West Africa started Monday in Bissau.

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UN calls for release of child soldiers in Nepal

The UN Secretary-General's Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict is calling upon the authorities in Nepal and the Maoist army to immediately free all children previously associated with the Maoist forces.

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UNAMID investigating reported attack on Darfur camp

Peacekeepers from the joint UN/African Union mission in Darfur, UNAMID, are investigating reports of an attack by Sudanese troops on internally displaced people in the Kalma camp in South Darfur.

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The role of IAEA in food security

The Food and Agriculture Organization, FAO, and the International Atomic Energy Agency, IAEA, have a Joint Programme on Nuclear Techniques in Food and Agriculture. The goal of the programme is to strengthen capacities for the use of nuclear methods to improve technologies for sustainable food security. It also disseminates these techniques to member States. IAEA's [...]

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South Asia nations on food security and climate change

There's no doubt that climate change will mean rising temperature, changes to weather patterns, and increased and more extreme weather events like cyclones, floods and droughts. And as a predominantly agricultural region, South Asia is preparing to face it head on. Mustafizur Rahman is chargé d'affaires at the Bangladesh Mission to the UN in Geneva, [...]

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Ban congratulates China on successful Olympics

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has congratulated the government and people of China on their unprecedented effort and success in hosting the Olympic Games in Beijing.

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UN Envoy calls for investigation of civilian casualties in Afghanistan

The top UN official in Afghanistan, Kai Eide, has called for a thorough investigation of reports that large numbers of civilians were killed during an international military operation in Shindand district in the far west of the country.

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Security Council Diplomatic Stand-off on Georgia Continues

Russia is proposing the Security Council pass a resolution that simply reiterates, word for word, the six point Georgia-South Ossetia peace plan brokered by French President Nicolas Sarkozy and signed by all sides. The U.S. and others on the Council say any resolution must recognize Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. Russia says it wants to [...]

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UN High Commissioner for Refugees Wraps Up Four-Day Mission to Georgia and Russia

Antonio Guterres, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees is concluding his four-day mission to Georgia and the Russian Federation. The High Commissioner met with officials in both Georgia and the Russian Federation and stressed plans for UNHCR – the UN’s refugee agency to continue its non-political approach to providing assistance to all affected in the [...]

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UN’s Refugee Agency Continues to Provide Humanitarian Assistance in Georgia

The UN’s refugee agency – UNHCR – continues to provide humanitarian assistance throughout regions of Georgia affected by the conflict with the Russian Federation. Gail Walker reports The full briefing is below

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An ICRC Medical Team Reports on the Situation on the Ground in South Ossetia

The International Committee of the Red Cross has sent a medical team to South Ossetia. The team has provided a preliminary report on the situation on the ground there. The ICRC visit provided many villages in the region with the first humanitarian aid in weeks. Gail Walker reports The full briefing is below

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ICRC launches Relief Operation to Assist Afghans and Pakistanis

Fighting in Pakistan and left a hundreds of thousands displaced and in need of assistance. the International Committee of the Red Cross has partnered with the Pakistani Red Crescent society to launch a relief operation to assist affected Afghans and Pakistanis. Gail Walker reports The briefing is below

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UN’s Refugee Agency Concerned About Welfare of Displaced Communities in Colombia

UNHCR – the UN’s refugee agency is concerned about the welfare of communities in Colombia displaced due to fighting between rebel groups and the national army. The agency says the displaced face a number of challenges including summary executions and violence from drug trafficking. Gail Walker reports The full briefing is below

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Malnutrition is Among the Challenges Somali Children Face

The continued fighting in Somalia has produced a number of challenges for the children. UNICEF reports that the situation is very serious and will likely grow worse. Gail Walker reports The full briefing is below

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UNICEF says Somalia Has Not Been Prioritized by the International Community of the Media

The volatile situation in Somalia is dire according to the UNICEF and an agency spokesperson says conditions have been made worse by the lack of attention from the international community and the media. Gail Walker reports The full briefing is below

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Noon Briefing by the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General

Daily noon briefing by Marie Okabe, Deputy Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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UNHCR Chief visits Georgia and Russia

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres was in Georgia's South Ossetia region on Friday to assess the needs for humanitarian assistance.

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UNICEF alarmed over malnutrition in Somali children

UNICEF is sounding the alarm over the serious malnutrition facing children in Somalia.

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Fighting forces thousands to flee homes in southern Colombia

The UN refugee agency has expressed concern about thousands of people who have been displaced or caught in fighting along southern Colombia's Pacific coast.~~

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UNFPA says 700 thousand girls a year are missing in India

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ICRC says violence has displaced over 200,000 people in Pakistan

The armed conflict in the Bajaur district of northwestern Pakistan has displaced more than 200,000 people who are in urgent need of relief assistance.

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Climate change hot-spots identified

A joint report by the UN and Care International identifies the climate-change hot-spots of the world – countries and regions particularly vulnerable to droughts, floods and cyclones in the coming decades.

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Slow progress on sanitation threatens development

World Water Week concluded today with calls for more action on sanitation. Nearly three billion people worldwide still live without access to adequate water supply and toilet facilities. The theme for the week was 'Progress and Prospects on Water: For a Clean and Healthy World.' And delegates meeting in Sweden's capital, Stockholm—host city for this [...]

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UN Envoy to Myanmar extends visit

The UN Envoy to Myanmar, Ibrahim Gambari(photo), who is visiting the country this week, is extending his stay by a day.

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Hepatitis B update

Hepatitis B is a potentially life-threatening viral infection that can cause illness and even death. The Heppatitis B virus is fifty to 100 times more infectious than HIV, and worldwide an estimated two billion people have been affected. The World Health Organization has issued an update report on hepatitis B, a global health problem and [...]

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Deminers in south Lebanon out of funds

The UN Mine Action Coordination Centre says many of the 44 teams clearing cluster munitions in south Lebanon will have to stop work this month for lack of funds.

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UNFCCC Executive Secretary has identifies Outcomes he Expects from Accra Climate Change Meeting

Developing the tools need to meet carbon reduction and identifying long-term cooperation efforts in the fight against climate change are among the outcomes the Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change hopes for at the current meeting on climate change underway in Accra, Ghana. Sixteen hundred participants are expected to take part [...]

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World’s Nations are Experiencing a Sense of Urgency about Climate Change – UNFCC Chief

As world leaders prepare to gather in Copenhagen to discuss future greenhouse gas emission reduction targets, Yvo de Boer, Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change says there’s a sense of urgency in the air. Gail Walker reports The full interview is below

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UNFCCC Chief Urges African Youth to Engage in Climate Debate

Yvo de Boer,the Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) referred to Africa as the forgotten continent in the climate debate. The Executive Secretary says young people have a responsibility to take up this issue and he urged African youth to do just that and to avoid the bad example [...]

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Red Cross Team in Capital of South Ossetia

Five Land Cruisers carrying 17 staff members of the International Committee of the Red Cross were allowed to travel from Russia to the capital of South Ossetia late Wednesday. So far it’s the only international aid organization to deploy in Tskhinvali. Spokesperson Anna Nelson says the team is evaluating medical, food and supply needs, asking [...]

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Noon Briefing by the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General

Daily noon briefing by Marie Okabe, Deputy Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, followed by a briefing on the work of the General Assembly by Janos Tisovsky, Spokesperson for the President of the General Assembly.

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Ethiopian engineers join UN-AU mission in Darfur

UN and Africa – a weekly 15-minute radio programme on political, social, economic and other developments related to Africa. In this edition: An advance team of engineers from Ethiopia has arrived in Darfur to join the UN-African Union peacekeeping mission (UNAMID). The Secretary-General's Deputy Special envoy, Henry Anyidoho and UNAMID Deputy Force Commander General Emmanuel [...]

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Timor Leste makes progress in human rights, but challenges remain

According to a UN report issued Thursday in Dili, Timor-Leste is making progress in key human rights areas, including adherence to the rule of law, strengthening of the judicial system and addressing past violations, but it still faces challenges.

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ICRC re-establishes operations in South Ossetia

A team of 17 humanitarian workers from the International Committee of the Red Cross, the ICRC, is in Tskhinvali, the capital of the breakaway Georgian province of South Ossetia, which is currently under Russian military control.

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Climate change talks open in Ghana

~The latest round of UN-sponsored global climate change negotiations began Thursday in Accra, Ghana, bringing together more than 1,600 participants from 160 countries to discuss future greenhouse gas emission reduction targets.

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Secretary-General Condemns Pakistan explosion

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned the double suicide bombing in the Pakistani town of Wah on Thursday.

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Latest climate change talks underway in Ghana

The latest round of UN-sponsored climate change talks began on Thursday in Accra, Ghana. More than 1,000 delegates are working on the technical details of a treaty to replace the Kyoto Protocol on greenhouse gas emissions which expires in 2012. The Accra meeting is the latest step in a negotiating process that will conclude in [...]

21 Aug 2008 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

The Security Council takes up the latest UN report on Timor Leste, six months after assassins tried to kill the country's top leaders

UN Calling Asia – a weekly 14-minute magazine programme, in English, that keeps you in touch with UN developments covering Asia and the Pacific. The Security Council this week debated the latest UN Secretary-General's report on Timor-Leste — the first since the stability of the fledgling nation was tested by an assassination attempt on two [...]

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Haiti is among 16 hunger spots to benefit from a World Food Programme cash roll out of more than $200 million

Caribbean News Round-Up: a weekly 15-minute news magazine on developments at the United Nations concerning the Caribbean. The Pan Caribbean Partnership against HIV and AIDS says it has a greater commitment from governments in the fight against HIV/AIDS ; Jamaica's chief of Epidemiology and AIDS says the same risk behavior is driving the AIDS epidemic [...]

21 Aug 2008 | Posted in Caribbean News | Read More »

ICRC aid workers reach South Ossetia

A visiting team of aid workers from the International Committee of the Red Cross, the ICRC, has reached Tskhinvali, capital of South Ossetia, in Georgia, which is under Russia’s military control. The team will focus on visiting detainees and helping families trace missing loved ones, according to ICRC Spokesperson Anna Nelson, who spoke with UN [...]

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Water experts urge for major cuts in food waste

Leading international water experts on Thursday urged consumers, businesses and policy makers to cut down on food waste in order to conserve water.

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Security Council considers competing draft resolutions on Georgia conflict

The UN Security Council remained divided over what action to take to end the conflict in Georgia that started on August 7th in South Ossetia. The Council is considering two competing draft resolutions, one sponsored by France, the other by Russia.

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Security Council condemns terrorist attacks in Pakistan

The UN Security Council condemned the twin suicide terrorist attacks in Pakistan on Thursday in which nearly 60 people were killed and at least 70 were wounded.

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Russia Calls For Security Council Endorsement of Georgia Peace Plan – U.S. Calls on Russia to Follow It

After rejecting a French Security Council resolution calling on Russia to withdraw its forces in Georgia, Russia has now proposed a resolution that follows, word for word, a peace plan brokered by France’s President and signed by all sides. The U.S. says just repeating those words, without Russia’s compliance with what they say, would do [...]

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Russia says Status of Georgia Provinces Need Discussion. . . France and U.S. say – Nothing to Talk About

Russia says any discussion about the future security of Georgia’s break-away provinces of Abkhazia and South Ossetia must cover whether those areas should stay part of the Georgia. The U.S., France and others say Georgia’s recognized borders must stay as they are. Jerry Piasecki reports. Full stakeouts with UN Ambassadors available below.

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Government Officials and Activists Gather in Advance of International Meeting on Sexual Exploitation of Children

Despite some progress in recent years in addressing the problem of sexual abuse of children in East Asia and the Pacific, much more needs to be done to address the issue of child exploitation. That was one of the key messages heard at a preparatory meeting for the World Congress against Sexual Exploitation of Children [...]

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UN’s Drug Office Announces Record heroin Seizure in the Gulf

Police in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) last week seized 202 kg of heroin and arrested 19 Afghan suspects in what is the biggest-ever heroin seizure in the Arab world. The police said the high-purity heroin, worth around US$ 11 million, was intercepted in the Emirate of Sharjah, where the suspects ran a fruit and [...]

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USG for Political Affairs Reports Progress and Setbacks in the Middle East

Lynn Pascoe, the Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs reports progress and setbacks in the Middle East. Gail Walker reports The full briefing is below

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Imports into the Gaza Strip on the Rise But Still Below 2007 Levels – USG Pascoe

Lynn Pascoe, the Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs says while the amount of goods allowed into Gaza has increased the level is still lower than it was in 2007. And he says the lack of fuel and spare parts is also a challenge. Gail Walker reports The full briefing is below

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Special Envoy to Myanmar Holds Series of Meetings in Myanmar

Professor Ibrahim Gambari, the United Nations Special Envoy to Myanmar is in Myanmar and has held a number of meetings with the different parties there. Marie Okabe, the Deputy Spokesperson for the secretary-General says economic and social challenges in the country are among the issues he discussed with government, opposition and student leaders. Gail Walker [...]

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Noon Briefing by the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General

Daily noon briefing by Marie Okabe, Deputy Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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Red Cross is given go ahead to enter South Ossetia

The International Committee of the Red Cross ICRC has been given the go ahead to enter the Georgian region of South Ossetia.

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Russia objects to French proposal for ending hostilities in Georgia

Russia has objected to a draft Security Council resolution proposed by France to resolve the conflict in Georgia.

20 Aug 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

ICC Prosecutor monitoring situation in Georgia

The Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court confirmed Wednesday that his Office is analyzing information related to alleged crimes committed in Georgia in recent weeks that would fall under the Court's jurisdiction.

20 Aug 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Inter-Palestinian violence has increased: Pascoe

Reporting to the UN Security Council on the situation in the Middle East over the past month, the UN's political chief, Lynn Pascoe(photo) said increased violence has resulted in the death of 43 Palestinians and one Israeli soldier and more than 360 injuries of Palestinians.

20 Aug 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UNODC hails record heroin seizure by UAE

The UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has praised the seizure last week by the police of the United Arab Emirates of a record amount of heroin from 19 Afghan suspects.

20 Aug 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Security Council hears latest report on Timor-Leste

The Security Council has reaffirmed its support of the United Nations' work in Timor-Leste. This follows the start of a review of the country's security sector in the wake of an assassination attempt on the Timorese President and Prime Minister in February. Dianne Penn filed this report. (duration: 3’59″)

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A record heroin seizure is made in the Gulf

Police in the United Arab Emirates have seized 202 kilograms of heroin and arrested 19 Afghan suspects in the biggest heroin seizure in the Arab world. Gerry Adams spoke with Bernard Frahi, Deputy Director of Operations at the UN Office on Drugs and Crime about what the seizure means. (duration: 3’57″)

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BANGLA # 31: Jati Shongher Protidhoni

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BANGLA # 32: Jati Shongher Protidhoni

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BANGLA # 33: Jati Shongher Protidhoni

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Russia submits proposal for ending conflict in Georgia

Russia has submitted to the Security Council its own proposal for a resolution to end the conflict in Georgia.

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HINDI #33: Antar Rashtriya Patrika

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HINDI #34: Antar Rashtriya Patrika

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HINDI #35: Antar Rashtriya Patrika

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URDU #32: Bain Ul Aqwami Manzarnama

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URDU #33: Bain Ul Aqwami Manzarnama

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URDU #34: Bain Ul Aqwami Manzarnama

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INDONESIAN #34: Fokus Fokus Kita

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Asian regional meeting against sexual exploitation of children

A two-day meeting in Bangkok reached the conclusion that despite some progress in recent years in addressing the problem of sexual abuse of children in East Asia and the Pacific, much more needs to be done to prevent child exploitation.

20 Aug 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN Envoy visits Myanmar

The UN Envoy to Myanmar, Ibrahim Gambari, on a week-long visit to the country, has met with government ministers, as well as with political parties and civil society groups.

20 Aug 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

France Proposes – Russia Opposes Security Council Resolution on Pulling Troops Out of Georgia

Russia and France had been working on a Security Council resolution that Moscow thought would contain the exact wording in a six point Georgia peace plan that has been agreed to by all sides. Instead, France focused on only two points with a particular emphasis on calling for an immediate Russian withdrawal from Georgia. France’s [...]

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Russia Calls French Security Council Georgia Resolution ‘Propaganda, Biased and Unobjective’

Russia says it can’t support a French sponsored Security Council resolution that does not include all six points of an agreed to peace plan for Georgia. Instead, the text focuses on only two points and particularly on the need for a Russia withdrawing its combat troops. Russia’s UN Ambassador Vitaly Churkin says Russian troops are [...]

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Deputy US UN Representative Says Security Not Engaging in Propaganda but Facts on Georgia

Russia’s UN Ambassador Vitaly Churkin says some Security Council members are caught up in propaganda about Georgia. Alejandro Wolf, the Deputy US UN Representative says not so. He says it all boils down to the facts. Gail Walker reports The full speech and stakeout are below

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Georgia Demands that Russia Respect Cease Fire

Irakli Alasania, Georgia’s UN Ambassador says Russia isn’t keeping it’s word regarding the cease fire it signed to end the hostilities with Georgia. The Ambassador says he’s country is respecting the ceasefire and he demands the same from Russia. Gail Walker reports The full speech and stakeout are below

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UN High Commissioner for Refugees Arrives in Georgia

Antonio Guterres the UN High Commissioner for Refugees has arrived in Georgia as part of his four day visit to the region. Meanwhile, UNHCR – the UN’s refugee agency – continues to provide urgently needed supplies to survivors. Gail Walker reports The full briefing is below

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UN to Mark 60th Anniversary of Universal Declaration of Human Rights with Paris Conference

Paris, France will be the location of the 61st NGO/Department of Public Information annual conference as the world body commemorates the 60th anniversary of the signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The conference will take place September 3 through 5. Gail Walker reports The full news conference is below

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UNICEF Steps Up Operations in Georgia Region

UNICEF is stepping up its operations in the Georgia region to assist women and children and to provide adequate and safe drinking water. The agency is also eager to reopen schools and to increase child protection services including immunization of children as well as access to food and counselling. Gail Walker reports The full briefing [...]

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Secretary-General Remembers UN Staff Murdered in Baghdad Terrorist Bombing

Five years ago, on August 19, 2003, a terrorist bomb destroyed UN headquarters in Baghdad. Twenty-two people were killed. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon presided over a solemn ceremony at the UN to remember their sacrifice and reassert their ideals. Jerry Piasecki reports. Full ceremony available below.

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Despite Deadly 2003 Terrorist Bombing – UN Work in Iraq has Continued – Secretary-General

While presiding at a ceremony held in memory of the 22 people killed when terrorists blew up UN headquarters in Baghdad five years ago today (August 19), Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says the United Nations has continued to help the Iraqi people and will keep up that work until enduring peace is achieved. Jerry Piasecki reports [...]

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UN in Geneva Remembers Twenty-Two Staffmembers Killed Five years Ago in Baghdad Bombing

In a solemn ceremony the United Nations in New York and in Geneva remembered those who were killed in the bombing of the UN office in Baghdad. The truck bomb attack took the lives of 22, including the top UN envoy in Iraq, Sergio Vieira de Mello, and wounded more than 150. Sergei Ordzhonikidze, Director-General [...]

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An Informed Public a Key to Improved Security – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says informing the public about the work of the United Nations is one of the keys to improving security wherever the UN operates. He made the comment at a ceremony commemorating the fifth anniversary of the terrorist bombing of UN headquarters in Baghdad. Twenty-two people were killed. Jerry Piasecki reports. Full ceremony [...]

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Noon Briefing by the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General

Daily noon briefing by Farhan Haq, Associate Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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UN High Commissioner for Refugees visits Georgia

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Antonio Guterres(photo), arrived today in Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia to start a four-day visit to the country and the Russian Federation.

19 Aug 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN Commemorates fifth anniversary of Baghdad bombing

The United Nations today commemorated the fifth anniversary of the bombing of its headquarters in Baghdad, Iraq, which killed twenty-two staff, including the top United Nations envoy in Iraq at the time, Sérgio Vieira de Mello.

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Floods raise health risks in West Africa

The World Health Organization has warned that rising flood waters in West Africa are increasing health risks for millions of people in six countries in the region.

19 Aug 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Timor-Leste makes progress in reviewing security sector

The Government of Timor-Leste is making progress in the review of the security sector in the country since the crisis caused by the dismissal of soldiers in 2006.

19 Aug 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Secretary-General is saddened by death of Zambian president

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has conveyed his profound condolences to the family of President Levy Mwanawasa of Zambia(photo) as well as the people and Government of Zambia on the death of their president. ~~

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UNAMID condemns attacks against its helicopters

The joint United Nations-African Union Hybrid Operation in Darfur known as UNAMID has strongly condemned recent attacks against its helicopters in the troubled region of Sudan~

19 Aug 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Author Samantha Power, biographer of Sérgio Vieira de Mello

While working on Song without Borders, Steve Heitzeg researched the lives of the 22 UN staff members killed in Baghdad. He cites as his main inspiration the book by Samantha Powers.

19 Aug 2008 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Song without Borders dedicated to UN staff

The 5th anniversary of the Baghdad bombing was observed at United Nations headquarters with a memorial ceremony, where, following a reading of the names of the deceased, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon acknowledged the danger staff members continuously face. (duration: 5’22″)

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UN envoy appeals for funds help Afghans cope with food crisis

The UN Secretary-General's Special Representative for Afghanistan, Kai Eide, has appealed for funds to help Afghans cope with the food crisis they are facing.

19 Aug 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Security Council condemns coup in Mauritania

The Security Council today condemned the recent military overthrow of the democratically elected government of Mauritania and demanded the immediate release of the ousted President.

19 Aug 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Secretary-General supports Pacific Islands deal with climate change

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is strongly committed to supporting Pacific Islands efforts to cope with climate change.

19 Aug 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Head of political affairs says number of locations now accessible in Georgia

The head of the United Nations Department of Political Affairs said today that a number of locations, including the town of Gori are now accessible for the first time since the conflict began in Georgia.

19 Aug 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Security Council condemns bomb attack in Algeria

The Security Council has strongly condemned the terrorist suicide attack today in Algeria.

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Potential Indictment of Sudanese President Could Impact UN Work in Sudan – SRSG Qasi

The Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Sudan, Ashraf Qasi says the potential indictment of Sudanese President Omar al Bashir by the International Criminal Court could have a negative impact on the work of the UN in the country. Gail Walker reports The full briefing is below

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Implementing Peace in Darfur on Track Yet Still Uncertain – SRSG for Sudan

While efforts to establish peace in Darfur continue to move ahead Ashraf Qasi, the Secretary-General’s Special representative for Sudan says those efforts remain fragile. The SRSG says it’s important to ensure all in the country that the Comprehensive Peace Agreement will have a beneficial impact across the country and not just in Darfur. Gail Walker [...]

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Ethiopian Troops Arrive in Sudan

The first Ethiopian infantry battalion has arrived in Sudan. The troops will provide urgently needed engineering expertise. The troops will also open the door for additional troops from other non-African countries. Two reports by Gail Walker: Report One – Ethiopians will pave the way for others to join UNAMID (the UN-African Union Mission in Darfur) [...]

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UN World Food Program to Double its Feeding Program in Somalia – An ‘Enormous Challenge’

The UN’s World Food Program calls Somalia “one of the most dangerous places in the world.” Still, the WFP is expected to double the number of people its feeding to well over two million by the end of the year. Jerry Piasecki reports. Full interview with WFP Spokesperson March Prior in Nairobi available below.

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UN World Food Program Worker Murdered in Somalia

A Somali national working for the UN World Food Program was shot and killed while trying to escape a group of men. His driver was also killed, while a third person managed escape. Abdulkadir Diad Mohamed was off duty when the group was abducted. Jerry Piasecki reports (Long and short versions) Full interview with WFP [...]

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First UN Aid Convoy Reaches Georgian Town of Gori

The first UN aid convoy made it through to the Georgian town of Gori, with workers reporting signs of massive looting in the mostly deserted city. Some 158 thousand people were driven from their homes by the recent fighting, 30,000 of those fled from South Ossetia into Russia. Jerry Piasecki reports. Full interview available below.

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Noon Briefing by the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General

Daily noon briefing by Farhan Haq, Associate Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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UN aid agencies reach Gori in Georgia

A UN humanitarian convoy entered the city of Gori in Georgia on Sunday.

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UNMIK to hand over assets to EULEX

The UN Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) signed a memorandum of understanding Monday with the EU's Rule of Law mission, EULEX, which will take over some of its functions, as UNMIK begins downsizing.

18 Aug 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

WFP mourns killing of staff in Somalia

A humanitarian worker with the World Food Programme was killed on Friday by unidentified men.

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Ethiopian army engineers arrive in Darfur

An advance team of engineers from the Ethiopian army has arrived in Darfur. They'll set up camps for troops, and install water and electric lines, literally laying the groundwork for the joint United Nations-African Union peacekeeping mission there. Dianne Penn has the story. (duration: 3’46″)

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Peace agreement in Sudan on track despite cease-fire violations

The UN Secretary-General's Special Representative for Sudan, Ashraf Qazi (photo), told the UN Security Council on Monday that the implementation of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement in Sudan, though behind schedule, remains on track.

18 Aug 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

World Water Week focuses on sanitation

As World Water Week opened in Stockholm on Sunday, the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council said it plans to paint the Swedish capital from blue to brown, by emphasizing a topic that hasn't gotten enough attention – the fact that 40% of the world's population lacks access to toilets.

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World Water Week focuses on sanitation

World Water Week begins this week with a special focus on the world sanitation crisis. Some of the topics to be discussed include the relationship between sanitation, economics and health, and water and climate. In the following interview, Robert Lenton, Chair of the Water Supply and Collaborative Council, explained why he believes sanitation has become [...]

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UNHCR/WFP convoy reaches Georgian city

A joint convoy of the World Food Programme (WFP) and the UN Refugee agency (UNHCR) managed to enter the city of Gori in Georgia on Sunday. This was the first time since the outbreak of the conflict on 8 August that UN organizations were given access to that city. UN Radio's Patrick Maigua found out [...]

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UN launches appeal for Georgia

The United Nations and humanitarian agencies today appealed for about 60 million dollars to meet the needs for the next six months of almost 130,000 people affected by the recent crisis in Georgia. ~

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Serbian Officials Fired for Helping Alleged College Student Beater Flee U.S. – Serbia’s Foreign Minister

Serbia’s Foreign Minister, Vuk Jeremic, says the man who helped a Serbian basketball player charged with assault get out of the U.S., and his boss, have been fired and will probably face criminal prosecution in Serbia. The player, Miladin Kovacevic fled the country after allegedly severely beating a fellow Binghamton University student in upstate New [...]

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UN High Commissioner for Refugees to Travel to Georgia and Russia

The UN’s High Commissioner for Refugees is planning to travel to Georgia and Russia to take a first hand look at the humanitarian operation in the both countries. The High Commissioner will push for the protection of civilians, especially the displaced, as well as for humanitarian access. Two reports by Gail Walker (long and short) [...]

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Georgia – Russia Conflict – What Can Happen When Diplomacy Fails – Serbia’s Foreign Minister

Serbia’s Foreign Minister Vuk Jeremic says the “tragic” violence in Georgia is an example of what can happen when negotiations and diplomacy are not the paths chosen to settle territorial disputes. He says Serbia continues to fight Kosovo’s declared independence peacefully. Mr. Jeremic was at the United Nations to request that the General Assembly ask [...]

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UNICEF Focuses on Short and Long Term Needs in Georgia

UNICEF is focusing on the short and long term needs in Georgia. Agency Spokesperson Gordon Alexander says UNICEF is concerned that he conflict may continue into the winter season which is why the agency is also focusing on future planning. UNICEF is also working to provide aid to help with hygiene and the availability of [...]

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ICRC Prepared to Assist in South Ossetia Once Security Situation Improves

The International Committee of the Red Cross has been unable to gain access to those in need in the South Ossetia region. ICRC Spokesperson Anna Nelson says the agency is ready to assist once the security situation improves. Gail Walker reports The full briefing is below

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Serbia Wants Court Ruling on Legality of Kosovo’s Declaration of Independence

Serbia’s Foreign Minister, Vuk Jeremic, is asking that the UN General Assembly vote on asking the International Court of Justice for an advisory opinion on the the legality of Kosovo’s declaration of independence. Jerry Piasecki reports. Full news conference available below.

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UN Mission in Kosovo Prepares to be Reconfigured

The Acting Deputy Special Representative to the Secretary-General for Kosovo outlined plans to reconfigure the UN Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK). Under the plan the number of staff will be reduced, certain components and offices will be eliminated. Gail Walker reports The full news conference is below

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Mandates of UN Mission in Kosovo and Kosovo Government Not at Odds – Acting SRSG for Kosovo

Nicholas Haysom, the Acting Deputy Special Representative for the Secretary-General for Kosovo says the mandates for the UN Mission in Kosovo and that of the Kosovo government don’t have be be in conflict with each other. Gail Walker reports The full news conference is below

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UN Force Reconfiguration in Kosovo ‘Wrong’ but Done – Serbia Wants Role in New Operation

Serbian Foreign Minister Vuk Jeremic says reconfiguring the UN force in Kosovo without Security Council approval was wrong, but now that it’s underway, his country wants input on how the plan is carried out. Jerry Piasecki reports Full news conference from UN headquarters available below.

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Taliban Hurts the World by Killing Aid Workers – IRC Rep

Four workers for the International Rescue Committee were killed in a Taliban ambush on Wednesday and IRC Senior Education Advisor Rebecca Winthrop says it was a loss for the world. The three women killed were working on education program in Afghanistan, the fourth victim was their Afghan driver. The dead are identified as Canadian Shirley [...]

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Daily Noon Briefing by the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General

Full briefing by Deputy Spokesperson Farhan Haq

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UN Mission in Kosovo to be significantly downsized

The UN intends in a relatively short period to significantly down size its mission in Kosovo by approximately 70 per cent.

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UN refugee chief to visit Georgia and the Russian Federation

UN High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres will travel to Georgia and the Russian Federation next week to assess the agency's humanitarian operations in both countries.

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UN agencies call for security and access to wounded and displaced in Georgia conflict

United Nations agencies on Friday called for security and “free and total access” for aid workers to reach the wounded and displaced in the Georgia-Russia conflict as the number of displaced continues to climb.

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Caribbean public health authorities propose to eliminate vertical transmission of HIV and syphilis by 2015

Caribbean News Round-Up: a weekly 15-minute news magazine on developments at the United Nations concerning the Caribbean. The Pan Caribbean Partnership against HIV and AIDS is in the lead of a very interactive process of regional strategic planning for coordinating the HIV/AIDS response in the Caribbean; Jamaica's chief of Epidemiology and AIDS says there are [...]

15 Aug 2008 | Posted in Caribbean News | Read More »

ICRC says security concerns hindering its operations

Humanitarian aid is arriving in Georgia but international aid groups say lawlessness and banditry make it impossible to distribute supplies.

15 Aug 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Greening the Olympics

UN Calling Asia – a weekly 14-minute magazine programme, in English, that keeps you in touch with UN developments covering Asia and the Pacific. "Greening the Olympics" is a concept that dates back to the Olympic Games of 1994 in Lillehammer, Norway. For the Beijing Olympics, UNEP, the United Nations Environment Programme, has been working [...]

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Three women aid workers killed in ambush in Afghanistan

Women: a weekly 14-minute news magazine that looks at issues affecting women around the world. Three women were among the four staff members of the International Rescue Committee (IRC) killed in Afghanistan this week following an attack on their vehicle. Jackie Kirk, Shirley Clarke and Nicole Dial were education experts working to improve the lives [...]

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UN hails power of sports as Olympics reach mid-point

The power of sports in promoting peace and development is clearly evident both in and outside the sports venues.

15 Aug 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

IRC suspends Afghanistan projects following attack

As we heard in the news, the UN expert on the right to education has called for an end to impunity on those who attack schools, students and educators. This follows the deadly ambush in Afghanistan on Wednesday of four staff members of the International Rescue Committee who were working on education programmes for girls [...]

15 Aug 2008 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

UN Mission in Kosovo to downsize drastically

The United Nations Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) is rapidly downsizing its operations as it prepares to hand over some of its functions to a mission of the European Union. This comes nearly six months after Kosovo unilaterally declared independence from Serbia. Bissera Kostova has more on this. (duration: 3’50″)

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Xenophobic violence victims get reprieve in South Africa

Today was the deadline to close temporary shelters in South Africa for foreigners displaced by recent xenophobic attacks.

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Court delays South Africa's plans to close camps housing thousands of foreigners

A South African Court has instructed housing authorities not to dismantle camps housing thousands of foreigners displaced by recent xenophobic attacks.

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Georgia Still Under Russian Attack – Democracy the Target – Georgia’s UN Ambassador

Georgia’s UN Ambassador Irakli Alasania held a news conference at UN headquarters and said his country is still under attack by Russian forces and that Moscow’s goal is the destruction of democracy and freedom in Georgia. Jerry Piasecki reports. Full news conference available below.

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Russia is the Victim of Propaganda War Says Russian UN Ambassador

A disinformation campaign is being waged against Russia according to Russia’s UN Ambassador Vitaly Churkin. The Ambassador expressed his disappointment that so many news outlets were falling prey to what he described as a propaganda war. Gail Walker reports The full stakeout is below

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Georgia Counting on UN Security Council Action to Help End Conflict

Georgia’s UN Ambassador Irakli Alasania says it won’t be easy to get a meaningful resolution on the crisis in his country through the Security Council because of Russia’s veto power. However, he says his nation is counting on the United Nations to help restore peace now and safeguard its democracy in the future. Jerry Piasecki [...]

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Russia’s UN Ambassador Welcomes Six-Point Peace Plan for Georgia Conflict

Russia’s UN Ambassador Vitaly Churkin voiced his support for the six-point peace plan that French President Nicolas Sarkozy has worked out for the conflict between Russia and Georgia. The Ambassador says all that’s left to do now is to get Georgia to sign on. Gail Walker reports The full stakeout is below

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Secretary-General Concerned About the Humanitarian Situation in Georgia

The humanitarian situation in Georgia is worrying for Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. UN agencies have already begun providing assistance for those in need in the Georgia region. Gail Walker reports The Secretary-General’s Associate Spokesperson shares the UN Chief’s statement on Georgia below

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Military Logic Replaced by Diplomatic Logic in Georgia – Security Council President

Belgium’s UN Ambassador Jan Grauls says the peace plan brokered by French President Nicolas Sarkozy between Russia and Georgia is positive because it shows a shift from military logic to diplomatic logic. He expects a new French-sponsored Security Council resolution on the Georgia crisis shortly. Belgium holds the Security Council presidency for the month of [...]

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Georgia Guilty of Genocide and Ethnic Cleansing in South Ossetia – Russian Rep.

Russian’s Representative to the Disarmament Conference in Geneva, Valery Loschinin, says Georgia committed genocide, ethnic cleansing and war crimes when it conducted its surprise attack on South Ossetia on the eve of the Olympics. He says Russia will provide proof to the International Criminal Court. Jerry Piasecki reports. Full speech available below.

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Russia has Violated International Humanitarian Law – Georgian Ambassador

Russia is guilty of violating international humanitarian law according to Georgia’s Ambassador in Geneva. The Ambassador says Russia’s violation goes beyond the South Ossetia region. Gail Walker reports The full speech is below

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Georgia Should Ask Forgiveness for War Crimes and ‘Sins’ in South Ossetia – Russian Representative in Geneva

Russia’s Representative the Disarmament Conference in Geneva, Valery Loschinin says it’s complete hypocrisy for Georgia to say it’s going to seek charges against Russia in the International Criminal Court over its military action in the country. He says Georgia is guilty of genocide and ethnic cleansing, and that it should ask the court for forgiveness [...]

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Georgia Accuses Russia of Supporting the Opposition in Georgia

While Russia has claimed that Georgia is at fault for the conflict in South Ossetia, Georgia’s Geneva Ambassador says Russia is guilty of supporting what he calls the separatist regime in South Ossetia. Gail Walker reports The full speech is below

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World Food Program Enlists Help of Young People to Fight Global Hunger

The World Food Program is organizing an international competition designed to get young people involved in the fight against global hunger. Through Hungerbytes, hosted by You Tube, participants will create top-rated videos which are designed to get people talking about hunger. Seventy videos have been submitted from across the globe including Canada, China, Brazil, France, [...]

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Noon Briefing by the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General

Daily noon briefing by Farhan Haq, Associate Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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Russia violating international humanitarian law: Georgia

Georgia has accused Russia of flouting international law and humanitarian norms.

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Georgia's military action in South Ossetia “clearly ethnic cleansing”: Russia

Russia says Georgian military action in South Ossietia is “clearly ethnic cleansing” that violates international law.

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UN rights experts concerned about growing number of displaced civilians in Georgia

A UN human rights expert has expressed alarm over reports of lack of humanitarian access to those displaced by the conflict in Georgia and allegations of widespread looting of property lefty behind by those fled the conflict.

14 Aug 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Recent months have been challenging for UNMIS: UN envoy

Recent months have been challenging ones for the UN Mission in Sudan during which the Comprehensive Peace Agreement process has been put to the test by the Justice and Equality Movement attack on Omdurman and the violent clashes in Abyei.

14 Aug 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Second UNHCR humanitarian flight arrives in Georgia

The UN refugee agency – UNHCR flew its second humanitarian flight to the Georgian capital Thursday, bringing in 32 metric tonnes of vital aid supplies for distribution to thousands of people displaced by the crisis in the breakaway region of South Ossetia.

14 Aug 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Transfer of Bakassi peninsula to Cameroon completed

A ceremony took place Thursday in Calabar, Nigeria to mark the completion of the withdrawal and transfer of authority of the Bakassi Peninsula from Nigeria to Cameroon.

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UN chief "extremely concerned" by humanitarian impact of Georgian conflict

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is extremely concerned by the humanitarian impact of the recent conflict on the civilian population in Georgia, which has suffered loss of life and injury, significant damage to property and infrastructure, as well as sizeable displacement.

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Bakassi Peninsula handed over to Cameroon

The transfer of authority over the Bakassi peninsula from Nigeria to Cameroon today is the result of a long process of mediation between the two countries by the United Nations.

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Peacekeepers and sexual exploitation in DR Congo

UN peacekeepers in the Democratic Republic of the Congo were once again in the media spotlight this week regarding sexual misconduct.

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UN Peacekeepers and sexual exploitation in DR Congo

UN and Africa – a weekly 15-minute radio programme on political, social, economic and other developments related to Africa. In this edition: •The UN Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo is once again on the media spotlight, as it is revealed that some of its peacekeepers may have been involved in sexual exploitation [...]

14 Aug 2008 | Posted in UN and Africa | Read More »

No peace without justice

The announcement by the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court that he is requesting the indictment of the President of Sudan for genocide, coming on the eve of the 10th anniversary of the creation of the Court, has raised the issue of whether the pursuit of justice might impede the cause of peace. Sudan refuses [...]

14 Aug 2008 | Posted in Perspective | Read More »

Secretary-General concerned about humanitarian situation in Zimbabwe

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has expressed deep concern about the humanitarian situation in Zimbabwe where, despite requests made by the United Nations Country Team and other humanitarian partners, operations of voluntary and non-governmental organizations remain restricted.

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Claims of Sexual Abuse by Peacekeepers Tarnish both UN’s and Mission’s Image – MONUC Force Commander

Lt. General Babacar Gaye, the Force Commander of the UN Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUC) says when one UN Peacekeeper is accused of sexual abuse, the claim impacts the entire UN organization. Gail Walker reports Full news conference with Lt. General Babacar Gaye and the Chief of the UN force in Afghanistan [...]

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MONUC Gets More Attention for Sexual Abuse Due to Less Achievements by UN Mission There – MONUC Force Commander

The UN Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo gets a lot of heat when it comes to sexual abuse claims because there’s less positive news to report about the Mission’s achievements. That is the assessment of Lt. General Babacar Gaye, Force Commander of the UN Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Gail Walker [...]

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Insurgent Violence in Afghanistan Up – Trend Could Go Either Way – UN Military Advisor

The UN’s Senior Military Advisor in Afghanistan, Brig. General Mark Skidmore, says insurgent violence has increased this year, but he says it might just be a normal ebb and flow of attack levels or an on-going trend. The UN plays no real military role in Afghanistan, with Brig. General Skidmore and his small staff serving [...]

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Humanitarian Workers Killed in Afghanistan

Unknown gunmen attacked an International Rescue Committee vehicle killing three staff members and their Afghan colleague. The Spokesperson for the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan called the attack reprehensible. Gail Walker reports The full interview is below

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Attack on Humanitarian Workers Leads UN Mission to Re-Think its Work in Afghanistan

The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan is being forced to re-think how it will conduct its work in the war-torn country following the killing of humanitarian aid workers. Gail Walker reports The full interview is below

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‘Landmark’ UN – Iraq Agreement on Reconstruction Development and Humanitarian Needs

The United Nations and Iraq have signed what’s being described as a “landmark cooperation agreement” defining how the UN will support Iraq’s reconstruction, development and humanitarian needs over the next three years. Under the strategy, UN agencies will work with the Government to help it achieve key economic and social goals. Jerry Piasecki reports (Long [...]

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Noon Briefing by the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General

Daily noon briefing by Farhan Haq, Associate Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

13 Aug 2008 | Posted in | Read More »

UN condemns attack on AID convoy in Afghanistan

The United Nations Assistance mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) Wednesday condemned an attack that killed three female international aid workers along with their Afghan driver in a province bordering Kabul.

13 Aug 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

WFP airlifts more food assistance to victims of conflict in Georgia

The UN food agency-WFP has airlifted high energy biscuits to Georgia for victims of the conflict.

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UN and Iraq sign landmark cooperation strategy

The United Nations and Iraq's Government Wednesday signed a landmark cooperation agreement, defining how the UN will support Iraq's reconstruction, development and humanitarian needs over the next three years.

13 Aug 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Indian troops may have engaged in sexual exploitation and abuse in DRC: UN probe

The United Nations says it has uncovered evidence that Indian troops may have engaged in sexual abuse while serving as UN peacekeepers with the UN Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo- MONUC.

13 Aug 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Georgia institutes proceedings against Russia in the ICJ

Georgia has instituted proceedings before the International Court of Justice against the Russian Federation for “its actions on and around the territory of Georgia,” in breach of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination.

13 Aug 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN chief welcomes acceptance of proposed peace plan for Georgia

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the acceptance by Georgia and by the Russian Federation of the peace plan proposed by President Sarkozy of France.

13 Aug 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Aid workers killed in Afghanistan attack

Four aid workers with the International Rescue Committee were killed today when gunmen attacked their vehicle while they were returning to Afghanistan's capital, Kabul.

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Rebel groups must unite to reach a lasting solution for Darfur

The military head of the joint United Nations/African Union peacekeeping mission in Darfur is insisting that a lasting solution to the conflict in Sudan's Darfur region needs the splintered rebel movements to unite at the negotiation table. Gerry Adams has more. (duration: 3’54)

13 Aug 2008 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

UN envoy concerned by security situation in Central African Republic

UN special envoy for the Central African Republic, Francois Lonseny Fall (photo), is deeply concerned by the security situation in the northeastern part of the country.

13 Aug 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UNAMID Force Commander Optimistic About his Job

General Martin Luther Agwai, Force Commander of the United Nations-African Union Mission in Darfur says he prepared to make lemonade from lemons in Darfur. Despite challenges he says he remains optimistic. Gail Walker reports The full news conference is below

12 Aug 2008 | Posted in | Read More »

UN has Learned Many Lessons from the UNAMID Force

The ups and downs associated with the deployment of UNAMID -the UN-African Union Mission in Darfur – has offered a number lessons according to UNAMID Force Commander General Martin Luther Agwai. Gail Walker reports The full news conference is below

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ICC and UNAMID Each Have their Own Mandate in Darfur – UNAMID Force Commander

When it comes to Darfur, the International Criminal Court and UNAMID (the United Nations-African Union Mission in Darfur) each have their own mandate. When asked if he was worried about the future of the mission should the court indict Sudanese president Omar al-Bahir, UNAMID Force Commander General Martin Luther Agwai said each group has its [...]

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Despite No Access in South Ossetia, ICRC Assisting in North Ossetia and Abkhazia

The International Committee of the Red Cross has still not been able to access those in need in South Ossetia. However, Spokesperson Anna Nelson says the agency is assisting North Ossetia and Abkhazia. Gail Walker reports The full briefing is below

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UNICEF Underscores Need for Humanitarian Access in South Ossetia Region

UNICEF is especially concerned about the need for humanitarian access in the South Ossetia region. The agency is also concerned about water and sanitation needs as well as the protection of vulnerable women and children. Gail Walker reports The full briefing is below

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First UN Humanitarian Flight Arrives in South Ossetia Region Since Fighting Began

The UN’s refugee agency has successfully delivered the first UN humanitarian flight to the South Ossetia region since fighting began there last week. Two reports by Gail Walker. Report One – First Humanitarian Flight Travels to South Ossetia Report Two – Close to 100,000 have been displaced by the conflict in South Ossetia The full [...]

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Russia Orders End to Fighting but Won’t Immediately Pull out of Georgia

While Russia’s President Dmitry Medvedev has ordered an end to Russian military action in Georgia, Russia’s UN Ambassador says his country has no plans to immediately pull troops out of South Ossetia and Abkhazia. Vitaly Churkin says if Moscow’s soldiers leave, the lives of thousands could be at stake. While ordering a stop to the [...]

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U.S. and Russia Relations Possibly Impacted by Georgia Conflict

U.S. UN Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad says the U.S. isn’t looking for a diplomatic fight with Moscow, but wants an end to the conflict in Georgia. Now that Russia has ordered an end to the fighting, Russia’s Ambassador hopes ties between the U.S. and Russia can normalize for the benefit of both countries. Jerry Piasecki reports [...]

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Russia Orders end to Fighting in Georgia – Opposes Current French Security Council Resolution on the Crisis

While officially ordering an end to the fighting, Russia is opposed to a Security Council resolution France is circulating regarding the situation in Georgia. That resolution calls for a return to pre-fighting positions and respect the borders of the country. Georgia’s UN Ambassador says the credibility of the Security Council is at stake and he [...]

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Russia Not After Regime Change in Georgia – Russia’s UN Ambassador

Russia’s UN Ambassador Vitaly Churkin says Russia is not seeking to oust Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili as a prerequisite for peace, as indicated by U.S. UN Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad on Sunday. The American Ambassador said that the Foreign Minister of Russia made the demand to U.S. Secretary of State Rice. Russia’s Ambassador says his Foreign [...]

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Noon Briefing by the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General

Daily noon briefing by Farhan Haq, Associate Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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UNHCR says number of displaced in S. Ossietia has hit 100,000

The first UN refugee agency-UNHCR humanitarian airlift flight carrying relief supplies for civilians affected by the South Ossetia conflict arrived in Georgia Tuesday.

12 Aug 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN agencies call for opening of humanitarian corridors

United Nations agencies have urged authorities in Georgia and South Ossietia to open up two humanitarian corridors to allow civilians caught in the fighting to flee the area and also for aid workers to reach the wounded.

12 Aug 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

France to table resolution in Security Council to end conflict in Georgia

France says it will table a resolution in the Security Council seeking to end the escalating conflict in Georgia.

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Georgia warns “credibility of Security Council at stake”

Georgia has warned that inaction could affect the credibility of the Security Council.

12 Aug 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Ban urges young people to invest into shaping a more sustainable planet

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has urged young people around the world to invest their energies and bright ideas into shaping a safer, more sustainable planet.

12 Aug 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Russia says French draft resolution is premature

Russia says it has not been consulted in preparation of the draft resolution.

12 Aug 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN envoy urges an immediate return to constitutional rule in Mauritania

UN special envoy for West Africa, Said Djinnit, returned to Dakar Monday following a three-day visit to Mauritania in which he met with the military junta leadership and urged an immediate return to constitutional rule.

12 Aug 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Palestinian Refugees Joyous over Swedish offer of asylum

Several Palestinian families, living in dire conditions in the no man’s land area between Iraq and Syria, finally found a reason to smile, after an agreement was reached between the UN refugee agency and the government of Sweden to grant the refugees asylum in Sweden. UN Radio's Ezzat El-Ferri has the story. (duration: 4’01″)

12 Aug 2008 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Take back your brain – message for International Youth Day

That's the hip-hop artist Loj (as in logic) whose signature tune, Think, urges young people to use their brains. Loj was at the UN where the 4th international brain Olympiad was taking place as part of the commemoration of International Youth Day. UN Radio's Diane Bailey asked him about the messages he was trying to [...]

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WFP announces $200 million package to help hunger hotspots

The World Food Programme Tuesday announced a $214-million package aimed at 16 hunger hotspots in Africa, Asia and the Caribbean.

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Worsening instability in Central Africa blamed for deteriorating condition of children

The continued and worsening instability in the central African region is being blamed for a sharp deterioration in conditions for children.

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INDONESIAN #30: Fokus Fokus Kita

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INDONESIAN #31: Fokus Fokus Kita

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INDONESIAN #33: Fokus Fokus Kita

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U.S. Blames Russia for ‘Expanding’ Violence in Georgia – U.S. Dep. Ambassador

United States Deputy Permanent UN Representative says Russia is to blame for expanding the violence in Georgia by bombing and attacking after Georgian forces launched an attack on the breakaway region of South Ossetia late last week. He says all foreign troops, meaning the Russians, should pull out of Georgia and that a ceasefire needs [...]

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Separatist Military Build-up in Break-away Abkhazia Region of Georgia

As fighting continues between Russian and Georgian forces in and around South Ossetia, separatists in Abkhazia have moved troops and heavy military equipment to the front line in the larger break-away republic. Reportedly Russian peacekeepers did not attempt to block the build-up, according to Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Edmond Mullet. Jerry Piasecki reports. Full briefing [...]

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ICRC to Send Aid to Georgia Region Early This Week

The International Committee for the Red Cross is planning to send humanitarian aid to assist in the Georgia/South Ossetia region. ICRC Spokesperson Carla Haddad says it still too difficult to determine the number of dead, sick or wounded. Gail Walker reports The full interview is below

11 Aug 2008 | Posted in | Read More »

UN’s Refugee Agency Concerned as Number of Displaced Increases in Georgia Region

As the number of displaced increases in the Georgia region, the UN’s Refugee Agency continues to be concerned. Agency spokesperson Andre Mahecic says efforts to establish a humanitarian corridor in the region continues to move forward. Two reports by Gail Walker: Report One – Agency to deliver humanitarian aid to region early this week (long [...]

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New Bird Flu Strain in Nigeria – FAO Searching for How in Traveled

A bird flu strain never before seen in Africa has broken out in two locations in Nigeria. The UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization is investigating how the virus made the trip from areas where it had been previously identified like Europe, Asia and the Middle East. Jerry Piasecki reports. Full interview available below.

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UNDP Publishes Youth Booklet on Climate Change

As part of its human development report, UNDP – the UN Development Program has published a youth booklet on climate change. The booklet offers the world’s youth an opportunity to speak out about the global problem. Gail Walker reports The full news conference is below

11 Aug 2008 | Posted in | Read More »

Noon Briefing by the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General

Daily noon briefing by Farhan Haq, Associate Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

11 Aug 2008 | Posted in | Read More »

INDONESIAN #28: Fokus Fokus Kita

11 Aug 2008 | Posted in Asian Voices | Read More »

Security Council seeks ceasefire in Georgia

The UN Security Council continues consultations on calls for a ceasefire in Georgia.

11 Aug 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Georgia urges Security Council to act now on a ceasefire

The situation in Georgia is gravely escalating. That's what its representative Ambassador Irakli Alasania told reporters at the United Nations.

11 Aug 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Russia wants Georgia to accept a non-use of force agreement

Russia's representative Ambassador Vitaly Churkin commenting on calls for resolution on an immediate ceasefire says that is not an adequate answer to the current situation.

11 Aug 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

WFP provides food to thousands displaced by conflict in Georgia

The UN food agency-WFP says it has begun distributing food assistance to more than 2,000 people displaced by the escalating conflict in Georgia.

11 Aug 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

INDONESIAN #27: Fokus Fokus Kita

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INDONESIAN #29: Fokus Fokus Kita

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